Gerald Scarfe’s satirical depictions of Margaret Thatcher will be the subject of an exhibition at The Bowes Museum, County Durham, in the Spring of 2015. This previously un-exhibited body of work spans a 22 year period and illustrates the turbulent career of one of the most significant political figures of recent times.
These illustrations chart the Iron Lady’s time as a member of the shadow cabinet, her leadership of the Conservative Party, her tenure as Prime Minister, and, ultimately, her political decline. The cartoons are vivid reminders of the miners’ strike, the Falklands War and the close relations Maggie struck up with the USA. In colourful pen and ink, Thatcher is varyingly depicted as cunning, razor sharp and perversely sexual.
The exhibition will be open to the public from 15th March.